National Grid Says Crews Are Ready To Tackle Outages In Third Major Storm Of March

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National Grid said hundreds of crews were bracing for potential power outages caused by Tuesday's snowstorm - the third nor'easter of this month. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning starting at 11 p.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Forecasters were predicting 12 to 18 inches of snowfall for Rhode Island and the South Coast. 

National Grid said more than 500 line crews and nearly 300 tree crews would be at the ready for Rhode Island and Massachusetts to restore lost power.

"That sheer volume of line crews that we have in the area right now is helping us to remain confident in what we can achieve," Tim Rondeau, spokesman for National Grid, said.

Rondeau said the utility is also prepared to rearrange the crews depending on where they're needed.


"If, say, Rhode Island were to be impacted more than Massachusetts and we saw the need to reallocate those line and tree crews, we would be able to do that pretty seamlessly," Rondeau said.


However, Rondeau said crews cannot go out to power lines immediately if wind gusts are more than 35 miles an hour. 


Rhode Island state lawmakers have criticized the utility for leaving customers without power for days after the most recent storm, and have introduced legislation to improve National Grid's response time. 


Customers can report outages to National Grid online or by calling 1-800-465-1212.